Intro to Kayaking Pool Class 11/4!!

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This is our first ‘baby steps’ class introducing the new student to kayaking! We teach this class in a pool because they’re warm and mistake friendly. Be prepared to get wet! You’ll learn kayak nomenclature, stretches, how to adjust your outfitting to suit your body, and then we’ll hit the pool.

You’ll learn how to wet exit, brace and Eskimo rescue, all prerequisites to learning your roll. We’ll cover basic paddle strokes. We keep the student/instructor ratio to 4:1 so everyone gets maximum attention.

Date: 11/4

Time: 8 – 9:30 p.m.

Location: USA Athletics, 8333 NE Russell St., Portland, OR

Call 503-772-1122 to sign up for this class!

Intro to Kayaking Pool Class October 21st

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Come learn to kayak in warm, mistake-friendly environment of a pool! We’re offering a lesson October 21st. Be prepared to get wet – you’ll learn kayak nomenclature, fit, stretching and then wet exits, braces, strokes, and t-rescue. At the conclusion of the class we’ll begin to work on your Eskimo roll!

Call 503-772-1122 to register!

Where: USA Athletics, 8333 NE Russell St, Portland

Time: 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Equipment: We’ll provide you with the boat and paddling equipment. You’ll need a bathing suit, towel, and it’s a good idea to have nose plugs and swim goggles.

River Class October 17th!

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Fall’s here and that means rain, and that means the rivers are rising! It’s nectar of the GODS! Soon, our rivers will be refreshed, recharged, re-energized with life-giving water! And that water is what we need to enjoy whitewater.

To prepare yourself for the Northwest’s best season for paddling – winter – you should take some professional instruction with Northwest River Guides! We’ll take you down the “bunny slopes” near Portland in water that will give you confidence to tackle the blue squares and black diamonds. There, we’ll tune up your peel outs, eddy turns, your river roll, your edging and your bracing.

We’ll also provide you with all the equipment you need to enjoy your time on the river – the kayak, paddle, spray skirt, PFD, helmet. You’ll be all set. And, if anything should go awry our instructors are there LICKETY SPLIT to help you out!

Call 503-722-1122 to reserve your place. Our weekend classes run 9-1 Saturday.

Pool Classes this Week!

WWbomb262 Start your paddling career off in the warmth and comfort of an indoor pool. Northwest River Guides‘ beginner kayak pool class is the BEST introduction to the sport! Our experienced instructors have worked to hone this progression to perfection. Learn basic kayak terminology, boat outfitting, specialized stretches, wet exits, t-rescues, basic strokes, braces, and the first step to an Eskimo roll! Let us help you develop solid skills from the beginning, building a foundation for success in this healthy lifetime pursuit!

These classes are offered M-T-W nights at USA Athletics, 8333 NE Russell, Portland, off 82nd Avenue. They run 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Call 503-772-1122 to register!

 

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Beginner Whitewater Kayaking Classes this Weekend

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Although Autumn just started this week, there’s plenty of warm summer weather and that’s a good opportunity to get in a lesson on the Clackamas River with Northwest River Guides.

We take students to an easy stretch of river where we teach basic skills. After a safety briefing and on-the-water stretching and warm up you’ll get instruction in basic reading of the water, bracing, edging, peel outs, eddy turns, and ferries. For those with Eskimo rolling experience we’ll let you practice that as well. If there are any small standing waves we might even get a little surfing in!

We teach a class Saturday 9:00 – 1:00 and Sunday 2:00 – 6:00. We’ll provide you with a boat and all the gear you’ll need. So give us a call at 503-772-1122 and register!

River Classes this Weekend!

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The fall weather is coming so it’s going to rain. Yeah I know, for some things rains bites. But for river kayaking it’s nectar of the GODS! Soon, our rivers will be refreshed, recharged, re-energized with life-giving water! And that water is what we need to enjoy whitewater.

To prepare yourself for the Northwest’s best season for paddling – winter – you should take some professional instruction with Northwest River Guides! We’ll take you down the “bunny slopes” near Portland in water that will give you confidence to tackle the blue squares and black diamonds. There, we’ll tune up your peel outs, eddy turns, your river roll, your edging and your bracing.

We’ll also provide you with all the equipment you need to enjoy your time on the river – the kayak, paddle, spray skirt, PFD, helmet. You’ll be all set. And, if anything should go awry our instructors are there LICKETY SPLIT to help you out!

Call 503-722-1122 to reserve your place. Our weekend classes run 9-1 Saturday and 2-6 on Sunday.

A Primer on Kayaking with Kids

Children and Paddling

With your busy schedule and the kids’ electronic games, text messaging, Facebook, year-round school and theme parks, it’s more important than ever before to introduce your children to the real outdoors, enjoying summer and learning what nature has to offer. It’s a great way to get them out of their “comfort zone” and learn new things and for you to bond with them.

In fact, studies on brain development show that children with outdoor recreation as a regular component of their “daily diet” have greater learning retention share more, gain confidence and experience fewer episodes of depression.

Paddling is a great way to connect with nature close up. Landscapes and wildlife can be experienced in its splendor for real instead of on TV. Or, challenging conditions can create teamwork and memories that last a lifetime. Kayaking with your child is a great way to spend quality time with them for sure, but it is also a great way to teach them the lessons of life. Kayaking can help build a stronger bond between you and your child. Your child depends on you for safety and trusts in your for guidance. Kayaking with them on a regular basis is something that is sure build a strong relationship between parent and child.

Kids love the water and they’ll have a fantastic time exploring with you. Later on, they’ll be able to head out on their own adventures.

 

When to Start?

 

There’s almost no time too soon to start a child paddling. Some adults begin taking their kids with them at two months old. Dane Jackson, son of world champion Eric Jackson is almost beating his dad in whitewater rodeo competitions. If they’re going to be paddling themselves, it’s best that they be good swimmers.

 

Kids are like learning sponges. Teach them to kayak early and it will stick with them. They also are incredibly fun-loving and kayaking is great fun!

 

Team Up and Plan Ahead

 

If you’re taking several children out, it’s best to team up with another adult. One of you can handle the gear while the other helps pack lunches. It also helps with safety situations.

 

Map out your distances and times and be sure to consider that your guests are not always able to cover the same ground as you are. Include lots of time for rest.

 

Make It a Game, Keeping Focus, be Patient…

 

Introducing children to kayaking is a serious venture. But don’t make it seem so serious to them, or they might get scared or might not get the idea of how much fun they are about to have.

 

It’s sensible to get them to play with the boats in shallow water or a pool so they get the feel of the action. Of course you’ll supervise. You might have a capsize-and- rescue game in the shallow water. Or a game where the subject matter is which equipment is needed, which food, and then safety and navigation, for example.

 

If you have a tandem kayak, it is a great way to start teaching children because you can seat them forward and give them a chance to practice paddling. Meanwhile, you as the aft paddler control the boat.

 

On longer touring days, keep them entertained by asking them to look into the sky or water to identify or count all the different animals they see. Fishing is fabulous fun too! Don’t forget your patience. Kids might seen apprehensive, even bored at first, but give them a chance and they’ll get it!!

 

Safety Always

 

Ensure everyone is wearing a good-fitting PFD (see below). It’s best to include children that are confident swimmers. Other issues to consider are food, rehydration, sun block, cold water and strong currents. The adults are responsible for ensuring the territory to be covered is well within their skill level.

 

Kayak Choice

 

As with adults there are many options. There are even children’s whitewater kayaks. When starting a child kayaking, whether in a single or tandem kayak, stability is very important. Stability is what gives a child confidence and therefore the desire to learn more. In a tandem kayak stability is important because the kayak can help compensate for random movements of the child.

 

Open Cockpit Single and Tandem Models – Kayaks with generously sized cockpits whether single or tandem are great for adults taking out the youngest children. Parents can put their children directly in front of them as they paddle.

 

Sit On Top Models – Sit on top kayaks are also a good choice for children because they self-drain if they swamp. Some sit on top kayaks are really great in surf. They are also ideal fishing platforms.

 

Recreational Models – Traditional sit inside recreational models work very well with children as they grow. These kayaks are designed to be stable and forgiving. Models above ten feet start to become more appropriate.

 

Whitewater Models – There are whitewater kayaks just for kids. These are downsized versions of adult craft. They require a much higher level of skill and agility. They allow maneuvering in tight spaces on moving rivers.

 

Lessons at Northwest River Guides

 

It is best for the whole family to take part in a pool or calm water session organized by a local paddling club or kayak school in order to go through the basic exit and rescue exercises with competent help nearby. In this way the child can understand what happens and the parents can set up emergency procedures. If you are planning a river trip make sure the lessons cover how to swim/float with current. Try to make a game of it so rescue doesn’t get them too worried, and remember to have fun – this is supposed to be a fun activity.You can reach Northwest River Guides, in Portland, Oregon at 503-722-1122.

 

Equipment

 

PFDs – Most states require children under a specified age to wear PFDs while riding in open boats. Whether for child or adult, correct sizing of a PFD is paramount if it is to be reliably safe. Toddlers need extra flotation to keep their noses and mouth out of the water. Some PFDs have a crotch strap to prevent the PFD from rising above the shoulders. An incorrect size might cause the child’s body to float in a manner that could interfere with breathing or rescue. Children’s PFDs are sized based on body weight. For example, most PFDs for kids 0-30 lbs will have a flotation collar that helps turn the child face up in the water. Youth sizes cover children 50-90 lbs and are sized based on height. You can find the size on the back of the PFD and it will be stated in weight ranges. When planning a trip with a group of kids ensure you have the correct PFDs for all of them. It’s also important to take into consideration the paddling activity in which the child is to be engaged. PFDs designed for water skiing might not be appropriate for kayaking, for example. Whitewater PFDs are different than PFDs for fishing or touring.

 

Paddles – This is the perfect accompaniment to for the little paddler in your family. Today there are a number of recreational, touring and whitewater models suited for children. These paddles will be shorter and have a smaller shaft diameter. Paddle sizing is important for the same reason that a kayak that fits makes for a much easier and more fun experience for you and your kids. Kids’ paddles come in lengths in the 150-180cm range.

 

Splashwear – You can find rash guards, paddle jackets and even spray skirts just for kits.

 

 

Pool Classes Weeknights!

Need to dial in your roll? Want to learn your off-side roll, hand roll, or practice a play move in the comfort of warm water in a pool? Northwest River Guides offers professional kayak lessons weeknights in Portland, Oregon!

Rolling a kayak just isn’t intuitive. An inconsistent roll is nothing to be embarrassed ab out. It’s something to be worked out. If you’ve got a roll that sometimes works, sometimes doesn’t, a pool kayak lesson in Portland, Oregon with NRG can set you straight! We teach kayak rolling classes in Portland, OR in the warm, clear and calm water of a pool so you can concentrate on the fundamental steps necessary to perfect your skills.

We teach beginner kayak lessons in Portland, OR. These ninety-minute pool kayak classes start out in the pool where we work on the basic maneuvers (strokes) of whitewater kayaking – sweeps, corrections and braces.   We also work on some skills that involve getting wet – the wet exit and eskimo roll – which is why pools are so great for learning to kayak.  These classes take place Mon-Wed evening from 8-9:30pm.

Class location:  USA Athletics, NE Portland. 8333 NE Russell Street.

Time: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

 To register call 503-772-1122.

Beginning Whitewater River Lessons

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Northwest River Guides offers four-hour beginning whitewater kayaking river classes each Saturday and Sunday during the summer! Learn on-the-water warm ups and stretching, bracing, peel outs, eddy turns, ferries, braces, t-rescues and rolling! This is the time of the year to start learning, when the air’s hot and the water’s beautifully cool!

Learn  in a confidence-inspiring setting on an easy stretch of the Clackamas River near Portland, Oregon. Our instructors will be there to guide your every move and to rescue you in case of mishap. Classes are offered Saturdays 9:00-1:00 and Sundays 2:00 – 6:00.  All equipment provided.

Contact Northwest River Guides at 503-772-1122 to register. No equipment necessary, but we’ll need to know your size so we can provide properly fitting equipment!

See you out there!

Kayak Rolling Lessons Portland, OR

 

 

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Want to learn to roll your kayak? Have a roll but want to dial it in? Maybe you’ve got a roll that ”sometimes works, sometimes doesn’t?” Or, are you competent rolling on the right side, and want to develop your offside roll? Northwest River Guides can help! We hold kayak rolling classes in Portland, OR in the warm, clear and calm water of a pool so you can concentrate on the fundamental steps necessary to perfect your skills.

We teach beginner kayak lessons in Portland, OR. Whether you are a whitewater or a sea kayaker you’ll need a roll.  Our 90-minute pool kayak classes start out in the pool where we work on the basic maneuvers(strokes) of whitewater kayaking – sweeps, corrections and braces.   We also work on some skills that involve getting wet – the wet exit and eskimo roll – which is why pools are so great for learning to kayak.  These classes take place Mon-Wed evening from 8-9:30pm.

Location: USA Athletics, off 82nd Avenue in NE Portland. 8333 NE Russell Street.

Time: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Questions? Registration? Call 503-772-1122.

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